Disclaimer: I don't own BBC Merlin! And if you recognize something, I probably seen it somewhere and decided to use it. I don't think I took it from any fanfiction, just something I saw somewhere else.

A/N- I too have caught the drabble bug. Like Ultra-Geek and Kitty O, I will endeavour to write 100 of these, I can do it...I hope. So these will be all over the place, some will be lighthearted and others will be angsty but 99% will center in some way shape or form around Merlin. I say 99% because as of yet, I haven't wrote anything that doesn't have to do with him and I am not inclined to deviate. But miracles do happen so who am I to say? Anyway- enjoy!

Summary- The friendship between Merlin and Arthur as seen through the eyes of Gaius.

Title- Patience Beyond The Call Of Duty

Gaius appraised the two figures in his chambers. Arthur and Merlin were bickering again now that they were healed.

He often marvelled at their friendship. Merlin was always at wits end protecting Arthur and Arthur had to put up with Merlin's eccentricities. Not to mention they both were ready to risk their lives for the other.

"I didn't need your help," Merlin said sulkily.

"You could have escaped on your own then?" Arthur asked.

"Yes. The only reason you were able to help me was because I saved you first!"

Friendship, Gaius mused, was patience beyond the call of duty.

What do you guys think of my first foray into drabbles? Please tell me what you think!

Oh, and if you have plot bunnies for me, I will gladly adopt them!